South Sound Prairie – Oak Restoration

Category Overview

The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources, along with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, will use this grant to restore rare grassland and oak woodland habitat at five of the most important prairie-oak conservation sites in the south Puget Sound region: Scatter Creek, Mima Mounds, West Rocky Prairie, Rocky Prairie, and Bald Hill. These sites support numerous rare and declining prairie-associated wildlife species but have been degraded by invasive species, altered fire regimes, and other issues. The state agencies will acquire native seeds and transplants, prepare restoration areas for seeding by burning them and controlling invasive plants, and seed and replant the treated areas. Key invasive species, including Scot’s broom and tall oatgrass, will be targeted for control on additional areas within the sites. The work will enhance habitat for the Oregon spotted frog in the West Rocky Prairie area. The two agencies are partnering on this project because they have identical restoration needs and can save time and money by avoiding redundancies in staffing, contracting, and seed source development.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $ 434,375.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Thurston Legislative District: 02 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1777

Location Details

From Olympia, take I-5 headed south to the Maytown exit (Exit 95). The exit ramp will curve to the right and put you onto Maytown Rd SW (don't go back under the highway). Go west on Maytown Rd SW for approximately 2.5 miles to a stop sign and the town of Littlerock. Proceed forward through the stop sign onto Littlerock Road. In 100 yards or so Little Rock Road will take a sharp left to the south. Do not take the sharp left; instead continue forward onto 128th Ave. SW (you will pass the Chevron on your right). Go for approximately 0.5 miles on 128th to a "T" with Waddell Creek Road. Turn right onto Waddell Creek Rd and head north for approximately 0.5 miles to the paved access road entrance on your left (the small brown Mima Mounds sign comes up quickly). Follow the entrance road to the end and the parking lot.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.